LOS ANGELES -- The family of Tony Scott on Monday disputed reports that inoperable brain cancer prompted the British director to fatally jump from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro, a Los Angeles County coroner's official said.
An autopsy was completed Monday on the A-list director, but the results were deferred for six to eight weeks, pending toxicology results, said Craig Harvey, chief investigator for the Coroner's Department.
"A family spokesman told us late this afternoon that the information was not true, but we will be looking at everything," Harvey said of an ABC News story released early Monday speculating that Scott had brain cancer.
While Scott's autopsy results were pending, a harbor cruise captain said he was still shaken after witnessing the suicide jump Sunday afternoon.
Fiesta Harbor Cruise Capt. Dale Sleight was conducting his regular 45-minute Los Angeles harbor cruise when he spotted Scott plunge through the air and into the water 185 feet below the span's apex.
"He jumped right in front of me," Sleight said, adding that Scott's body was flat when it hit the surface.
"We were coming toward the Vincent Thomas Bridge up the channel. Five seconds (more) and he probably would have landed on the boat. ... It really shook me up."
About 30 people were on board his double-decker tour boat when Scott hit the water a short distance away, Sleight said.
The harbor cruises are typically
During a 2009 interview with the website Rotten Tomatoes, Scott said he planned to use the Vincent Thomas Bridge in a remake of the 1970 Walter Hill film, "The Warriors."
The plot, he said, revolved around the Warriors gang, framed for killing a gang leader attempting to make peace.
Scott said he wanted to switch to Los Angeles because New York is vertical with skyscrapers, but Los Angeles is horizontal.
"I'm hoping to get 100,000 real gang members standing on the Vincent Thomas Bridge for one shot," Scott said. "I've been meeting the various gangs as part of the research. I never meet the gang leader, always his second-in-command. I have to do this little tap-dance and sell the film to them. I've met them all, Crips, Bloods, The 18th Street Gang, The Vietnamese and so on. They all love 'The Warriors,' so it was, 'Yeah, f--- yeah, we'll be in that!"
In the wake of Scott's suicide, a state legislator on Monday called for improved barriers on bridges to keep people from jumping.
More than 1,500 documented jumps have been taken from the Golden Gate Bridge since it opened in 1937, said Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco.
"We need to work to put suicide barriers on these bridges," Ammiano said. "It's a sensible way to prevent future heartbreak."